Dalrymple Welcomes Home Members of the Air Guard's 119th Wing from Afghanistan Deployment
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple was at Fargo’s Hector International Airport today to welcome home members of the North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Wing after a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Governor personally thanked each of the Airmen for a job well done and for their outstanding service to the state and nation.
“Today is a great day for North Dakota as we welcome home our heroes of the 119th Wing who have put their lives on hold and on the line for the past six months to defend this great country and all it represents,” Dalrymple said. “It is especially fitting that they return home this week as we prepare to observe America’s independence and honor the patriots, past and present, that have protected the very liberties we celebrate each Fourth of July.”
While deployed, the eight air transportation journeymen sustained operations of cargo and passenger movement at the Department of Defense’s busiest aerial ports in Afghanistan. The Airmen processed and moved more than 250,000 passengers on 10,800 separate missions, ensured the upkeep of $2.5 million of equipment, handled more than 100 tons of cargo and mail, worked with nearly 1,000 aircraft and moved about 10,000 tons of cargo.